When we drive through Montana, it’s the rivers and the rock formations that I notice most of all. I feel like getting out of the trailer and walking across the state so I can take pictures that I otherwise have to miss out on, except for glimpses in drive-by viewings. Such a beautiful state!
We lived for thirty years in the Arizona desert, and so the rivers and lakes are extra special to us here too. And I’m a trout fisherman so I get a lot of exposure to water scenes and the beauty of water and forest combinations.
Yes, it is very odd. Seems to be averaging about 10 degrees warmer than usual. The little pond in the lower right though is still frozen over though and the ground is frozen below the top couple of inches.
While lots of people travel through that area, very few have ever seen that particular scene. Yesterday the light was just right when I was there and it made a pleasant scene with the sky turning the water so blue. Years ago I found that I could climb up into that cliffy area that is part of the National Forest and get some nice views and I visit once or twice a year. There is no trail other than wildlife trails there even though it is hardly what I would call remote.
This is one of the most unusual river views I’ve seen here. The blue is stunning. It looks like an unfurled ribbon of satin. And the trees around it are so straight. Actually, it looks a bit like a scene designed for a model railway — I can just see the little train chugging through there!
I’ve been up to that spot quite a few times and this was the first time the light was just right to make the river so blue. I’m glad that I saw it.
Actually, there is a rail line that runs right through there. The positions of the cliffs and trees hide it in the photo.